In science,
mathematics or computing:

Focus (cognitive process), selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things

Focus (computing), a term used to describe which of a number of GUI elements currently accepts keyboard input

Focus (optics), a point toward which light rays are made to converge

Focus (linguistics), a concept referring to the way information in one phrase relates to information that has come before

Focus (earthquake), an earthquake’s underground point of origin or hypocenter

FOCUS, a database reporting program

FOCUS (hardware), a CPU architecture

Helicon Focus, an image software program

Focus (geometry), a focus of a conic section

I don’t know what Grannymar was focussing on when she chose this topic, but my focus this weekend has been on the past forty years and my family.

Why 40 years—it’s because my husband and I are celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary today. The first phone call this morning was from my cousin brother Sampat in the US who had come for my wedding as a young lad—it was his first solo outing and he sat down with an older cousin to keep track of the presents and cash that came in as presents. Looking at his focus, no wonder then that he went on to become a Chartered Accountant!!

When you focus on the years gone by, I think it comes into perspective when you see a younger generation becoming hulks and taking over your life. Your experience(s) become more a focus of your own life’s adventures and loses its importance in the larger pool of family lore and learning. That is as it should be as like gadgets, your own experiences become dated in the larger sense.

Experiences are finally between gains and loss, successes and failures—in every field and engagement of life. This too is subjective as the focus is through the narrow aperture and not a broad view lens. Once you put it to zoom then you become insignificant in the larger landscape—a small speck in sands of time!

Focus in Indian thought is also an important method of meditation. The focus is not outward but within through an integral part of you—the breath. When that focus is in place then you can delve within yourself to achieve equilibrium, peace and tranquillity.

Welcome to the Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where Akanksha, Anu, Ashok, Conrad, DeliriousGaelikaa,  GrannymarMagpie11,  Nema, Noor, Ordinary Joe, Paul, Maria the Silver Fox, Rummuser , Will Knott, and I write on the same topic. Please do visit the linked blogs to get different flavours of the same topic.

About padmum

You could call me Dame Quixote! I tilt at windmills. I have an opinion on most matters. What I don't have, my husband Raju has in plenty. Writer and story teller, columnist and contributer of articles, blogs, poems, travelogues and essays to Chennai newspapers, national magazines and websites, I review and edit books for publishers and have specialized as a Culinary Editor and contributed content, edited and collaborated on Cookbooks. My other major interest used to be acting on Tamil and English stage, Indian cinema and TV. I am a wordsmith, a voracious reader, crossword buff and write about India's heritage, culture and traditions. I am interested in Vedanta nowadays. I am now an Armchair traveller/opinionator/busybody!
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5 Responses to FOCUS

  1. Delirious says:

    Happy anniversary! I loved seeing the picture of your family on Ramana’s blog. Here’s to many more years for you!


  2. Grannymar says:

    Happy Ruby Anniversary! From your family photo on Ramana’s blog, the party and celebrations are still ongoing 40 years later, may they continue for many a long year to come. You Padmini, and Raju have a family to be very proud of. God bless you all.


  3. blackwatertown says:

    It’s good to focus on the blessings with which we have been gifted over the years.


  4. conhake says:

    Happy Anniversary, Padmini! 40 years sounding like a beautiful, shared journey. You are truly rich where it counts.


  5. Rummuser says:

    I remember Sampath in that role of treasurer. How solemn he was and so very particular. That is one detail that I had forgotten in remembering all that happened, and so many things did, and it is nice of you to have reminded us of that. Another memory, you may not recollect as you were busy getting married, was Mayuram Jaggu (Jag) carrying Ranjan around everywhere and making a serious offer to me to let him take the lad away with him. What a wedding!


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